A James A Fitzpatrick travelogue about Ireland in the 1930s. Rare early footage from rural Ireland, and possibly the only extant footage of the old Claddagh Village just prior to its complete demolition.

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Comment by Brian Nolan on September 4, 2014 at 6:33am

Superb piece of film history...a chronicle of long forgotten Irish life that is preserved here for us to enjoy, what a treasure! Great find, thanks for sharing. (I just pushed this link out on twitter and facebook, hopefully others will too) I tell the Claddagh story and of its demolition in the late 1930's in my Fireside Tour of Galway at O'Connors pub in Salthill, if anyone is interested. www.galwaywalks.com Brian

Comment by Greg Lynch Jr on September 4, 2014 at 8:10am

Great shots of Limerick.

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on September 4, 2014 at 8:38am

Was Limerick in there as well, Greg?  Did I miss that?  What part?

Comment by Greg Lynch Jr on September 4, 2014 at 8:46am

They talked about the new Dam on the Shannon and they had some shots which look like the might have been filmed from atop St. Mary's. It showed Sarsfield Bridge and a shot over the top of King John's Castle. I am tempted to make a screen grab.

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on September 4, 2014 at 9:06am

Ah, yes.

Comment by Michael Brogan on September 4, 2014 at 5:43pm
Lovely to hear John McCormack and see the old film, pity about the patronising Narration, but that's how they did them in those Days
Comment by Michael Quane on September 7, 2014 at 9:54am

Thanks, Ryan.  Important for knowing and understanding Ireland's rich cultural history.

Comment by Bit Devine on September 10, 2014 at 10:22am

What an amazing golden nugget you have shared! So fascinating to see Ireland then compared to Ireland now....

Bittersweet to see the Claddagh Village... Imagine if it had been preserved in some small way...

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on September 16, 2014 at 9:50am

This gem reminds us that we do indeed hail from a special place in the world.

Comment by Pamela Wrigley Schneider on September 18, 2014 at 10:17am
What an unexpected trip to make while viewing this video! Thank you for stirring reverie of thoughts of a place I have never seen in the natural. But someday...I will revisit the tales and folklore and handed down family history I have been graced with.
I am renewed in my spirit to continue the journey I embarked upon years ago to trace the heritage of my great-grandparents James Madison Wrigley and Flan McEvoy (by all family accounts from credible family sources handed down).
Grandpa Wrigley was born 'on the River Shannon'. The ending song Mother McChree was the nail in the coffin, so to speak. I recal uploading hearing my father singing that song many times as I was growing up. He was the seventh son of a seventh son whose mother would sing Irish lullabies over me while we lived with her as a very young family in 1950.
Thank you so much for sharing your video.


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